Vacancy – Head, Medical Sciences Library, UWI

Head, Medical Sciences Library (Ref: 187/16 IV)
Faculty: Medical Sciences
Medical Sciences Library

The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

Deadline Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
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Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a senior leadership role in a library or related institution. Experience obtained in a health sciences environment is preferred, but academic or special library experience will also be considered.

Overview of Position

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus Libraries seeks an energetic, service-oriented and progressive professional to serve as the Head, Medical Sciences Library (MSL). The incumbent serves as a member of the Senior Management Team of the St. Augustine Campus Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Medical Sciences (FMS). Working with the Campus Librarian and the Dean, FMS, the incumbent establishes strategic goals and objectives, determines enterprise wide activities and collaborations, interprets and initiates policy, and is responsible for the overall development of the MSL. This leadership position provides unique opportunities for a creative individual to help bring innovation from concept to practice.

Primary Responsibilities

Participating in the development and execution of strategic plans and roadmaps

Working closely with the Campus Librarian and Dean, FMS in library- and university-wide initiatives

Representing the Library on campus committees

Managing recruitment, hiring, orientation, supervision, training, and evaluation of professional and support staff of the MSL

Ensuring the provision of quality services to the FMS, coordinating the assessment and impact of services and developing/recommending new service models or services

Overseeing the development of a core collection of print and online resources

Directing the development of user education programmes and tools to support the evolving curriculum and research of the Faculty

Personal Attributes

The Campus Libraries places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team and student-friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also possess:

Advanced leadership and management capabilities as well as specialised technical/professional skills.
The ability to define high-level objectives and ensure their translation into practical implementation strategies, and provide a clear sense of direction in a sometimes uncertain environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven ability to work and to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in national, regional, or international professional or scholarly associations.
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in medical and academic librarianship, and higher education

Detailed application and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica, W.I., Fax No. 1-876-977-1422; e-mail: Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms can be obtained at, Job Opportunities section. Further particulars including remuneration package can be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the University Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University

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